LAKE TOMAHAWK - Dave Nance's job as a Camp American Legion volunteer means doing a little bit of everything. He's spent the last several years giving back to the place that gave him his life back.
"This is a special place. There's no place like it and it's life changing," said Nance who's from the Tomah-area.
Nance spent about 15 years in the Marine Corps and retired from the Army after 25 years of total service. About eight years ago he and his daughters visited the camp in Lake Tomahawk for the first time.
"[I was] just trying to find the spot to fit in and it was tough and then I discovered this place," said Nance.
Now, Nance is hoping others discover a passion for helping others, too. The camp, which serves active military members, veterans, and their families is looking for more local volunteers.
"We need folks that are going to be flexible [and] that just want to be around this environment and serve those that have served our nation," said Camp Director Don Grundy.
Grundy says they're looking for people who can go fishing, know the nearby lakes, and can help clean. They're also looking for people to be boat captains.
"One of our things that we focus on here is not what we do or how we do it, but we focus on why we do what we do," said Grundy.
Grundy says regardless of what volunteers do, he knows it's a rewarding job. For Nance, being a volunteer may mean wearing different hats, but he says it's all worth it.
"Now that I'm up here year-round, I couldn't think of anything I'd rather be doing," said Nance.
If you're interested in volunteering, you can call Camp American Legion at 715-277-2510 or visit the link below.
Camp American Legion